Are you a patient with Diabetes ?
Become a donor
Please review the following donor requirements:
- You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Documentation of the diagnosis and/or treatment may be required.
- You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must weight at least 110 lbs.
You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that affects the way the body metabolizes sugar, or glucose, and generally manifests in two different types: type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes and type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes. Type 2 diabetes makes up about 95% of the diabetes population and is characterized by insulin resistance. Insulin is the key signaling hormone for glucose metabolism and its effect can be diminished by excess weight, inactivity, and genetic factors in patients with type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the destruction of the body’s beta cells, which produce insulin, thus eliminating that important resource. The cause of type 1 diabetes is thought to have a genetic and environmental component although the exact reason is still unknown.
“Severe” diabetes is determined by a patient’s hemoglobin A1c level, a three-month marker of blood glucose levels. Participating studies will indicate appropriate A1c levels needed for qualification although all patients should adhere to ADA guidelines of less than 7.0% A1c for optimal health and reduced risk of future complications.
Symptoms are usually slow in progression and include the following:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Weight loss
- Blurred Vision
- Slow healing of infection